إسكندر /Alexander Sebastianus Hartanto
Alexander Sebastianus Hartanto uses contemporary art as a platform for experiential ethnographic research. Hartanto’s works explores the decontextualization of material cultures and how it is perceived, understood and ritualized in practice. For Hartanto, decolonizing the value and meaning of art, is to reclaim the word ꦢꦫ Sani, a way of living which involves offering, service and search of the unknown. A recreation of pilgrimages, sacred spaces and woven cloths are products of this practice. The works and experiences of Sani may or may not be archived, documented or shared. What's left are remnants and evidence of materials that takes place in Sani.
Prior to his comparative art studies, Hartanto was an apprentice for a Javanese master weaver, in East Java. He was awarded the William Daley Award for Excellence in Art History and a Craft Field, 2017 and the Massachusetts College of Art & Design: Fiber Arts Departmental Honors, 2018. He teaches Austronesian craft practice and theory in Jakarta, Bali, New York City and Boston. Hartanto also worked for the Museum Tekstil , Jakarta, the non-profit organization Bebali-Foundation and fair trade business Threads of Life in Bali.